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Universal Access to create a Barrier-Free world

November 07, 2018

Universal Access is teaming up with the Marketing Society at Mount Royal University to launch its Barrier-Free program.

CEO Sean Crump is a wheelchair user and created Universal Access – an accessibility firm that assesses accessibility of public businesses – to help fellow patrons with disabilities lead full, integrated lives in society.

“We’re looking to create a community around businesses – primarily service-based businesses – that have insured that their space is accessible, even if it isn’t perfect, and allowing people to come in and experience their space,” Sean says.

Barrier-Free is a “minimum building standard” based on the Alberta Building Code. As Sean explains, it’s more the bare necessities of accessibility (eg: a side door with a ramp) than universal design principles which take a much deeper look at accessible needs (eg: a barrier-free entrance that everyone could utilize regardless of ability).

“Our goal is to hopefully leverage this to create awareness around accessibility and encourage businesses to explore further accessibility certifications with Universal Access to promote true universal design.”

The initiative first came to mind when summer marketing intern Chad Pfeifer suggested it as a student project with the Marketing Society out of Mount Royal University, where Sean works out of the Trico Changemaker Studio – a unique coworking space for organizations that work in systems change.

“It was a great fit,” Sean says.

 As the program is readied for launch, Universal Access is looking forward to making their services more accessible for businesses across Calgary and beyond and opening more doors for the disabled community.


Click here to learn more about Universal Access’ services.
Interested in Barrier-Free? Email today.
Connect with Universal Access on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
See Sean himself speak on accessibility and inclusion at the Chinook Centre Mall Microsoft store on November 10.
Check out Universal Access’ Sustainability Profile on the REAP website.
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Did you know?

REAP businesses divert 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 through green power purchasing each year

Featured Event

Appetite for Sustainability: Ensuring a Successful 2019

Dec. 12, 2018 - Dec. 12, 2018

Bea's Eatery
1023 9 Ave SE

As we approach the 2018 finish line, its time to reflect and celebrate the successes, learn from the challenges, and start goal planning for 2019 to ensure a rewarding year ahead.

Laura Bechard, a Business Success Strategist from ProVision Business Coaching will guide us through a series of planning exercises to set SMART goals. These are tools you can use throughout the year to keep you on track for reaching your objectives. Whether you want to develop personal skills, make meaningful connections, strengthen your business, or whatever it may be, let's work together to make it possible.

 About Laura: Business Success Strategist, Laura Bechard of ProVision Business Coaching knows first hand that successful businesses contribute to family harmony. Laura coaches, advises and educates business owners on business fundamentals so they can work less hours AND make more money.

The result? Lower divorce rates, happier families and checking things off your bucket list. Laura and her husband, Arnie, are 4th generation owner-operators of a century grain farm in Saskatchewan. Their newest venture and part of their succession plan, GreenGram Botanicals, is gearing up to construct a cannabis cultivation and processing facility in 2019. The Bechards have lived in Calgary for 10 years and have 4 adult children. An academic award-winning, top graduate MBA, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Business Coach, Laura leads you through the principles of how to

Set and achieve impactful goals
Master business and financial fundamentals
Exploit your niche
Leverage other people’s resources
Structure a team for growth

One of the keys to setting and achieving SMART goals is setting the RIGHT goals to move you towards what you’ve decided you MUST have in your life. Making careful selections of what you say “yes” to and what you say “no” to is vital in accelerating your progress.


8:00-8:30 am - Breakfast and Networking
8:30-9:30 am - Presentation & Interactive Goal-Setting Exercises
9:30-10:00 am - Wrap-up

Food: Breakfast will be provided, including gluten-free options.

Access: This venue is accessible to all people with limited mobility.

Parking: Street parking - both paid and free 2hr along 9th Ave SE and 10 St. SE Underground paid parking in the building Please visit for transit options

Registration: Payment is required at the time of your RSVP unless you wish to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment below.

Proudly organized by REAP Business Association. Bullfrog Powered with 100% green electricity. The registration fee is required to cover REAP's ongoing costs to organize this event series: catering, promotional expenses (signage, Meetup organizer fees), insurance, and staff time.
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Did you know?

North American grasslands used to produce oxygen at the same levels that rainforests do